Features Aerospace

Sumari Stamps-Henderson – Lockheed Martin

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As it lumbers over tarmac at an air base or lands on a 2,000-foot airstrip carved into a mountain range, the sound of Lockheed Martin C-130J’s Super Hercules’ four turbo prop engines is a familiar thrum.  Able to haul nearly 25 tons, the aircraft supplies military and humanitarian operations globally, delivering cargo by parachute or […]

Deb Perelman – OneSky Flight

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Called eVTOLs for short, they’re not the most elegantly named aircraft, but they’re catching on with investors and pilots. According to the nonprofit Vertical Flight Society, eVTOLs, or electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, are drawing billions of dollars in investment as a new and sustainable future form of air transportation. The aircraft, which are […]

Robin Ricketts – Lockheed Martin Space

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For Robin Ricketts, there’s nothing quite like sitting at the console of mission control during a space launch. There’s the countdown, then the call for the ignition, and finally the sonic rumble in her bones as the engines erupt and the rocket flies into the stratosphere, leaving a billowing contrail of water vapor in its […]

Nima Seyedali – Aviation Technical Services

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For almost a decade, Nima Seyedali spent hours analyzing aircraft as a mechanical engineer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Day in and day out, he immersed himself in damage tolerance and structural fatigue analysis. By 1997, he was understandably ready for a change. After shifting to Boeing’s Customer Division, he worked as a client liaison, handling […]

A. Chris Fawzy – Woodward Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

No one at Woodward Inc. is trying to reinvent the proverbial wheel. What they do is innovate to make the wheels (aircraft and industrial engines) run better by optimizing performance, efficiency and emissions, says Chris Fawzy. That dates back to Amos Woodward’s 1870 invention of a faster, more efficient governor for water wheels generating power. […]

Alex Long – GE Aviation

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He’s a long way from public housing in Queens, New York, where he grew up, but Alexander Long has never allowed fear to stop him from reaching in his career. To protect GE Aviation’s intellectual property interests, he’s built its IP legal team over the last five years by applying basic principles of diversity and […]

Susan Bridgman – Emerald Advisors, representing Teradata and Field Aerospace Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It was an eleventh hour emergency, Susan Bridgman says, when she received a news flash from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security this spring: Changes were being made to regulatory codes that would impact trade practices between her San Diego software client and its customers in China and Russia—not exactly what one wants to […]

Siddhartha M. Venkatesan – Komline-Sanderson

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It was an energizing experience, Siddhartha M. Venkatesan recalls with a good-natured laugh. After all, it’s a rare thing for a 40-something family man—already well accomplished and with a high-profile position at a demanding company—to enroll in an MBA program. But earlier this summer the now 42-year-old Venkatesan earned that honor from the prestigious Wharton […]

Donatella Catapano – Leonardo

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When it comes to selling high-tech helicopters worldwide, it’s safe to say the pile of regulatory paperwork to meet requirements of multiple countries is—excuse the pun—sky high. Just ask Donatella, Leonardo Helicopters’ head of legal operations. She’ll tell you that every day the Italian multinational company specializing in aerospace, defense and security operations has 5,000 […]

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